Goosebumps is making a live-action TV comeback! Back in the ‘90s, the popular Goosebumps book series was brought to life for multiple seasons in a show of the same name. Fast forward to 2020, and R.L. Stine’s books are getting the TV series treatment again. This time, the series will be brought to bear by a familiar force in the franchise.
As of late, Goosebumps has been thriving in the theatrical division. Two movies scared up a ton of box office with the original landing in 2015 and a sequel three years later in 2018. Deadline reports the beloved book series is heading back to TV via a new live-action series produced by the movie’s producer, Neal H. Moritz.
There is no network or streamer reportedly attached to the developing show at this point, so where and when it could arrive has not been confirmed. Considering that Netflix is streaming the original TV show and the Goosebumps sequel, Netflix could be a good fit.
Time will tell where the upcoming Goosebumps series ends up. The good news is there are still some monsters that the recent movies left out, making them ready for primetime. The upcoming TV show was described as “high-end,” so expect nothing but the best.
Horror has continued to be a successful genre on the small screen. From the new Creepshow to The Haunting of Hill House, there has been no shortage of TV horror. Goosebumps may return with a ton of viewers ready and willing thanks to the movies and those already existing based on the mega-successful books.
Neal H. Moritz has been behind the success of the movies, so one would expect similar results with the Goosebumps TV show. I wonder if Jack Black or Dylan Minnette of the soon-to-be-ending 13 Reasons Why would be willing to put in a cameo. Minette starred in the first Goosebumps movie, while Black starred in both.
The original Goosebumps TV show finished airing in 1998. Twenty-two years later, it is set to make a comeback in a special-effects-rich world. I just hope the series relies on simple effects because CGI is personally more distracting than scary these days. On another note, Tim Burton almost produced a Goosebumps movie in the ‘90s, which makes me wonder.
Could Tim Burton take this opportunity to do an episode of the TV show? I would like to think that such a possibility exists. For now, television has to get back into production. Things are currently suspended in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, the Goosebumps TV show will be ready to go when things are up and running.
A premiere date and destination for the new live-action Goosebumps series have not been announced yet. In the meantime, you can stream the original TV series (and Goosebumps 2) on Netflix along with its 2020 offerings. If you need more to watch, there are also this summer’s premieres.
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